Good morning, and after a dreary gray chilly Monday, Tuesday dawned sunny & bright. My kind of day. First let me welcome some lovely new followers. I'm so happy to see your smiling faces in the 'Followers' box, and you're helping me towards my goal of 100 followers by March 7 (I believe that is the day I started this blog in 2012). And when I started, I'm thinking "Who on earth is gonna want to see anything I might do or write?". Can't tell you how much your taking time to visit, comment, encourage & offer good advice has meant to me. I've made so many new friends. It's always inspiring to make new friends. You get so many wonderful enrichments to your life. Okay...enough gush. Here's to the card:

- Stamp by Northwoods (may have purchased on eBay...can't remember)*
- copic coloring, Glossy Accents added to large pinecone, berries & Cardinal's beak
- spica pen on pine branches
- S/Binders Floral Oval diecut - largest die, then birthday sentiment with smallest die,
   sponged Pumice & Tea Die while image still in die
- green mat, snippet (traced outside edge of die, then fussy cut- interior of mat is diecut to save layers/weight and oval leftover used for another time)
- C/Bug Paper Lace 2 emboss on SU Crumbcake cardbase
- Fiskar punch to cut border scallop of My Minds Eye Fall Swirls Paper (snippet)
- rhinestone trim on tiny sentiment (also a snippet of the same green mat)

Ah, I have some snippets, this is not a scheduled post, so I think I can go play at Pixie's Playground and see what lovely cards have been submitted for the snippets fest. Won't you come along & have some fun with us? Love to see you there. There's such a friendly bunch of're sure to meet someone you've been wanting to know. Have a wonderful day. Come again.
*Actually the image was a snippet too, as Mr. Cardinal was colored up for Christmas, didn't get used, so he will work as a winter birthday card! Ho, Ho, Ho.


  1. Great card...I love cardinals...they are so cheery and this was a great choice for a winter birthday card.

    OK as usual, I learned some new techniques from you. I always wondered how people inked the edges of their dies without getting the ink on the very outer edge. I know it's my concussion that made me not realize to ink it while still in the die...I would have figured that out before...
    So that was a huge puzzle solved by you great directions.
    Second was i have wondered how people get those drops of water on petals i know to grab my glossy accents!
    Thanks Mary!

  2. Hi Mary,

    I love cardinals. This is a perfect winter birthday card!

    Congrats on the new followers!


  3. Beautiful cardinal AND card!!!! Love this!

  4. Hi Mary, that cardinal looks beautiful on your very lovely die. Have not seen one for over 40 years (cardinals that is), but they are so beautiful. A very lovely winter birthday card indeed. Hugs, Anne x

  5. Hullo Mary - ah lovely piece of snippet work today .. thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

  6. a beautiful card featuring a beautiful cardinal! love the fancy dies and soft sponging.

  7. Mary, thank you so very much for visiting my blog and leaving me such a message of inspiration! I was deeply touched, and enjoyed coming to your blog to reciprocate the favor. I notice on your live feed, that I am listed as a visitor from Revelstoke, I am actually from Kamloops BC about 3 hours west. The next person is from Windsor Ontario, which is where I spent most of my growing up days! What a small world we live in. I am sure you will reach your goal of finding 100 is my goal too, but I have only been at this for 2 short weeks. You seem like a very kind and multi talented lady, I hope you are having a wonderful day, Blessings, Cathryn

  8. Very nice Miss Mary. I love Northwoods stamps and you did a very nice job coloring and arranging this card. Check out my blog....there might be a napkin card there!

  9. Lovely card sweetie,

    The Cardinal is my home state bird, and one of my favorites. You've created a beautiful card with this.


  10. Wow, this really is beautiful Mary! I love red cardinals, we don't get them in the UK though. So funny, a while back I bid for a cardinal stamp on eBay thinking it would be a nice surprise for you - I lost though - wonder if we were bidding against one another, that would just be tooooo funny for words!!!

    You'll see your white borders around all photos on your posts have now gone :) Ones where you've used the 'caption' option will still have a white border of course. Hope you likey :))

    Hugs, Di xx

  11. Beautiful card - I love the deep rich colours :)
    Just popping over from Pixies Crafty Snippets :)
    Bubbles #21

  12. Oh Mary this card is beautiful! I love that cardnial stamp, very pretty and as always you have turned it into a beautiful card my friend! Of course people want to see your "stuff"! You are so funny Mary! I know you will reach 100 by March cause you are just too sweet and post such beautiful cards!!! Hugs!

  13. Hi Mary,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I will update my post to clarify that the photos of our "babies" are on the edge of the blog itself, not on the post. We have deer (this is last year's baby) and many, many squirrels that visit our garden, and that is where my screen-name came from, all those years ago.
    Your cardinal card is just beautiful. I've never seen a cardinal - we don't have them in England. They look so dramatic.
    Now I have to follow your links and find out what you mean by "snippets" because I have a feeling that I have a large bag full which might be about to get an airing!

  14. Yes! This lovely card will definitely work for a winter birthday. Great idea! xxx

  15. I love red cardinals which reminds me I bought a cardinal digi to colour and havn't, had a chance to use it yet. Hugs Mrs A.